Tech Trek Brings Robotics, Chemistry, Ecology to Oklahoma Girls

September 12, 2013

Weatherford, Oklahoma (population 10,939), is home to the state’s second-largest wind farm, the Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and now to an AAUW Tech Trek camp.

For 30 girls from Oklahoma, Tech Trek was all about seeing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in action. Classes in chemistry and water ecology allowed the girls to take advantage of SWOSU’s many labs and research spaces to learn how microbes are used to clean water. Visiting Superior Fabrication to see how robots work in factories helped bring the robotics classes to life as well.

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“We want to really instill in the girls that they can do anything they want to,” says camp director Lisa Appeddu, an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at SWOSU. Along with her fellow AAUW Weatherford (OK) Branch members, she knows just how important Tech Trek is for western Oklahoma girls, many of whom come from low-income and rural areas.

Other than a minimal $50 fee, there is no cost to families who send a camper to Tech Trek. It’s because of generous donations from AAUW’s supporters and the community that the fee can be so low for this unforgettable, weeklong opportunity. Give to Tech Trek today and help this program continue to inspire girls in Oklahoma.

Tech Trek at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Photos

A girl rappels off the side of a tall, wooden tower.

For their team-building activity, Oklahoma Tech Trek girls braved the heights at a ropes course.

A girl holds a dropper over a Styrofoam box in one hand and a test tube in her other hand. She is carefully filling the dropper with liquid from the box.

Oklahoma Tech Trek girls got the chance to extract their own DNA.

Girls sit at a table with electronic components and other materials, working to put materials together.

At the Tech Trek robotics class, the girls looked through electronic components to create their robots.

Two girls put together a double-helix model with marshmallows, red licorice, and other candy.

Building models of DNA’s double-helix structure with some fun materials

Girls sit around a table and hold up colorful tie-dye squares.

Showing off tie-dye art with AAUW Senior Branch Relations Manager Claudia Richards

Girls sit at desks with pencils in hand and notebooks in front of them.

Tech Trek campers learned how to use scientific notebooks to record data and observations.

Two girls in lab goggles carefully hold a test tube with a white material inside.

Future scientists at work in a Tech Trek chemistry class

Alexa Silverman By:   |   September 12, 2013